Hannah co-founded and directed the Hutchins Water Center at Colorado Mesa University from 2011-2022. The Center promotes research, education and dialogue to address the water challenges facing the Upper Colorado River Basin. Hannah previously facilitated the Grand Valley and Lower Gunnison Wise Water Use Council, advocated for stronger drinking water protections with Western Colorado Congress, and served on her local watershed group board in Pennsylvania. Earlier in her career, Hannah worked for the North Carolina General Assembly, where she helped staff committees on the Environment, Natural Resources, Sustainable Agriculture and Smart Growth. She grew up in Washington state, riding horses and playing with boats in the sleepy Black River and the San Juan Islands.
Education: Hannah has a joint master’s degree in Community & Regional Planning and Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.
Favorite River: I have two: the Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado River, which straddles the CO-UT state line, and the Black River in Washington, which loops around the family farm where I grew up.